Joseph M. Dorsett was also charged in connection with the same murder, but only sentenced to 135 years in prison. Jackson's lawyers contended that Dorsett was the actual killer and a clemency petition emphasizing this point was sent to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine. The Governor responded:
"Having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions regarding this case, I find no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury and then imposed and affirmed by the courts. Accordingly, I decline to intervene."It is reported that the execution was the 101st execution in Virginia since the death penalty was allowed to resume by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976. See story here and here.